By E. Goldberg
The normal knowledge that political and monetary actors in colonial international locations are passive and reactive is undermined via Goldberg's shut exam of the choices and calculations of top political and fiscal actors. Goldberg indicates how severe judgements affecting Egypt's integration into the area economic climate have been in line with transparent understandings of what rules have been probably to improve the pursuits of best curiosity teams, with effects that proceed to bedevil Egypt's political economic climate this day. it is a story of paradoxes and unintentional effects of rational motion.
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20 ● Trade, Reputation, and Child Labor Although this is a necessary condition of existing analyses of trade, it is obviously not an accurate portrayal of the trade in primary goods. Primary materials, or staples, were and remain important items of international exchange. 3 The greater the heterogeneity of raw materials used as inputs the higher the cost of producing the standardized outputs that are industrial goods. Therefore the homogenization or standardization of raw materials—although absent from theories of trade—is an important dimension of quality for industrial purchasers of primary goods even if it is largely absent from theories of trade.
Domestic institutions do not simply cushion the transformation of trade; they play a role in choosing the goods a country’s economy will trade. The kind of commodity trade that dominated the Egyptian economy for the first half of this century may no longer be so common or so desirable. A large part of the world’s trade is still in staple goods, however, and a reexamination of the theories related to such goods is therefore worthwhile. For Egypt, the debates that I recount here remain substantively important and it seems to be worthwhile to understand the likely effects on the Egyptian economy of travelling paths bypassed in an earlier era.
I consider this evidence of powerful regulatory institutions that accomplished the most regulation can: the alignment of private incentives for public purposes. British Demand: Colonial Power, Labor, and Paleotechnology There is a dramatic disjuncture between the picture of England’s economic power and especially her textile mills drawn seen from abroad and seen from home. The particular dimensions of cotton quality that Egyptians produced only make sense in the context of the weaknesses of English factory organization and the structure of her commodity markets.
Trade, Reputation, and Child Labor in Twentieth-Century Egypt by E. Goldberg